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Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake

Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake is absolute perfection. It’s simple to make, crazy delicious loaded with cinnamon sugar and covered in sweet icing!

Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake

This cinnamon roll cake recipe is easily a favorite in my house. I actually thought I had shared the recipe for this cake a long time ago…turns out I didn’t. You see when you bake as often as I do things get jumbled. Maybe it’s all the sugar? Nah…

Anyhow, this is the world’s easiest cake. My kids even request it for their birthday cake which seems so weird to me…hello no buttercream…but we all know kids are weird. Or maybe they aren’t…this cake is that good.

Yes, my cake mix-phobic friends I short-cutted this. I know, I know, you are all probably so disappointed in me. I am always looking for doctored up yellow cake mix recipes, and this cinnamon roll cake is the perfect example of when it’s RIGHT to use a cake mix. But yes please, if you would like to use your own cake recipe please do so. Just start the recipe when you add cinnamon sugar…I’ll explain that in a minute.

But first let’s take a look…the gooey cake, the drippy icing, the swirly cinnamon.

Hold me.


How to make Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake

Like I said the cinnamon roll cake itself it super duper easy. You’re basically doctoring up a cake mix a little bit.

THEN you make a little (a lot) of cinnamon sugar.

Cinnamon Sugar

You sprinkle that all over the top of the batter…


And gently swirl that in with a knife…


Don’t over swirl it though. You don’t want to mix it all in, you want gorgeous ribbons of cinnamon throughout.


Bake it up and it behold…


And then make a quick icing and behold again…


Your cake will be drowning in icing and loving every minute.


And if you can, wait until the icing sets up to cut it…


Or don’t. I get you.


Make it. Eat it. Love it.

This Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe will quickly become a favorite in your house!

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Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: serves 10 1x
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert


This recipe is one of the most requested cake recipes in my house. My family loves it!


  • 1 (15.25- ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream (not light)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Coat a 9×13 pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer combine the cake mix, eggs, oil, vanilla and sour cream. Mix on low for 30 seconds and then raise the speed to medium and mix for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Spread the cake batter into your prepared pan. In a medium bowl whisk together the brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle this evenly on top of your cake.
  4. Using a butter knife gently swirl the cinnamon sugar into the cake batter. Don’t over-swirl, as you want ribbons of the mixture throughout the cake.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick entered into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  6. Cool cake for 15-20 minutes.
  7. In a medium bowl whisk together the powdered sugar and milk. Pour this over the slightly warm cake. Allow the icing to set, or eat right away!


Store airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days.


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 367
  • Sugar: 36 g
  • Sodium: 79.9 mg
  • Fat: 21.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 40.3 g
  • Protein: 4.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 82.5 mg

Keywords: cake, yellow cake mix, cinnamon roll, breakfast

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267 comments on “Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake”

  1. This cake is so good.. We’ve made it a few times and my daughter asked for it for her birthday today as well. It’s one of our faves thanks for sharing !

  2. Luxmi Sivendra

    Hi I’d really like to try this recipe but I can not seem to find yellow cake mix. Is golden the same? Or French vanilla?

  3. I’m sorry to say but this cake is soooooo sweet , it was hard to eat ughhh too too sweet , it was easy enough to put together but i was disappointed with the result .

    1. Jessica Belcher

      I’ve made this before and agree, so I took the advice of a diabetic friend and used a cake mix with no sugar added and used swerve (or similar)
      brown sugar. I think I used half of the recommended powered sugar. It was still sweet but not overly sweet.

  4. I like to try new recipes as they are, and this one is okay. It’s basically a coffee cake. I would make it again but use less brown sugar and swirl it into the batter more since I was careful as the instructions suggested.

  5. I used a box of King Arthur GF yellow cake mix, which is more oz. than the recipe but it worked out great.

  6. It took almost an hour to cook but it’s really good when you want to eat your feelings

  7. This recipe was nice and easy. It is a little overly sweet even for my overly sweet tooth family. Next time I make it (and i def will) im going to take down the sugar. But in the end, its a dessert

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